Meanwhile, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology posted a Cyclone Watch for coastal areas from Port Douglas to Proserpine, Queensland that are expected to be affected by the storm.
NASA's Aqua satellite passed over System 99P the Southern Pacific Ocean on Jan. 28 at 14:47 UTC/9:47 a.m. EST and saw some strong thunderstorms (high cloud tops) where temperatures exceeded -63F/-52C (purple).
Credit: NASA JPL, Ed Olsen
NASA's Aqua satellite passed over System 99P the Southern Pacific Ocean on January 28 at 14:47 UTC/9:47 a.m. EST and saw that some of the thunderstorms had high cloud tops, where temperatures exceeded -63F/-52C. The Atmospheric Infrared Sounder instrument known as AIRS captured infrared data on the low's clouds and revealed that some of the thunderstorms surrounding the low-level center of circulation had the potential for dropping heavy rainfall.
The Joint Typhoon Warning Center noted that animated multi-spectral satellite imagery showed that the low-level center was consolidating and that strong bands of thunderstorms wrapping into the elongated circulation.
System 99P was centered near 15.2 south and 153.4 east in the Coral Sea (Southern Pacific Ocean basin), about 215 nautical miles/247.4 miles/398.2 km east-northeast of Willis Island, Australia. Maximum sustained winds are near the threshold for depression status, currently as high as 30 to 35 knots along the northern and southern edges of the low. The low is located over waters warm enough (28C/86.6F) to support further development.
Forecasters at the Joint Typhoon Warning Center give System 99P a high chance for becoming a tropical depression over the next day as it tracks to the southwest toward Willis Island, Australia. The Australian Bureau of Meteorology or ABM issued a forecast for the low and projected a path to make landfall just north of Townsville, Queensland on January 31. For updates from ABM, please visit: http://www.bom.gov.au/cyclone/index.shtml.
Rob Gutro | EurekAlert!
Predicting unpredictability: Information theory offers new way to read ice cores
07.12.2016 | Santa Fe Institute
Sea ice hit record lows in November
07.12.2016 | University of Colorado at Boulder
In recent years, lasers with ultrashort pulses (USP) down to the femtosecond range have become established on an industrial scale. They could advance some applications with the much-lauded “cold ablation” – if that meant they would then achieve more throughput. A new generation of process engineering that will address this issue in particular will be discussed at the “4th UKP Workshop – Ultrafast Laser Technology” in April 2017.
Even back in the 1990s, scientists were comparing materials processing with nanosecond, picosecond and femtosesecond pulses. The result was surprising:...
Have you ever wondered how you see the world? Vision is about photons of light, which are packets of energy, interacting with the atoms or molecules in what...
A multi-institutional research collaboration has created a novel approach for fabricating three-dimensional micro-optics through the shape-defined formation of porous silicon (PSi), with broad impacts in integrated optoelectronics, imaging, and photovoltaics.
Working with colleagues at Stanford and The Dow Chemical Company, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign fabricated 3-D birefringent...
In experiments with magnetic atoms conducted at extremely low temperatures, scientists have demonstrated a unique phase of matter: The atoms form a new type of quantum liquid or quantum droplet state. These so called quantum droplets may preserve their form in absence of external confinement because of quantum effects. The joint team of experimental physicists from Innsbruck and theoretical physicists from Hannover report on their findings in the journal Physical Review X.
“Our Quantum droplets are in the gas phase but they still drop like a rock,” explains experimental physicist Francesca Ferlaino when talking about the...
The Max Planck Institute for Physics (MPP) is opening up a new research field. A workshop from November 21 - 22, 2016 will mark the start of activities for an innovative axion experiment. Axions are still only purely hypothetical particles. Their detection could solve two fundamental problems in particle physics: What dark matter consists of and why it has not yet been possible to directly observe a CP violation for the strong interaction.
The “MADMAX” project is the MPP’s commitment to axion research. Axions are so far only a theoretical prediction and are difficult to detect: on the one hand,...
16.11.2016 | Event News
01.11.2016 | Event News
14.10.2016 | Event News
08.12.2016 | Life Sciences
08.12.2016 | Physics and Astronomy
08.12.2016 | Materials Sciences